Salesforce.com and Adobe jointly announced that they have developed a product called Adobe Flash Builder for Force.com. The product enables developers to build powerful UIs for the Force.com platform.
Flash is a good thing. It provides an attractive and powerful UI environment that makes applications more intelligent, robust and fun to use. Salesforce partners have used Adobe Flash for several years and many have already deployed next generation applications using Flash interfaces. Today’s announcement confirms the partners’ decisions to use flash and gives Salesforce further evidence of the openness of its platform strategy.
The press release says in part, “This tight integration (of Adobe and Force.com) enables client-side data management and synchronization between cloud and client, simplifying the development of applications that seamlessly run online or offline across operating systems and devices, while taking full advantage of the proven scalability, security and reliability of the Force.com platform.
This may be reading too much into the announcement but one wonders about the importance of “seamlessly running online or offline across operating systems and devices.” I am assuming this refers to the ability to operate on mobile devices but I need clarification.